Abortion Essay Research Paper AbortionNo one has

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Abortion Essay, Research Paper Abortion No one has the right to choose what is wrong?Abraham Lincoln. Abortion is one of the most highly debated issues of our time. Several questions arise from the midst of this multi-faceted jumble of opinions, morals, and strongly held values. When does the fetus become a person, as opposed to a mass of tissue? Is abortion acceptable in some circumstances while not in others? These are points I will strive to clarify, and share my thoughts and beliefs on. My beliefs, briefly outlined, are as follows: a baby is a baby at the time of conception. It has all the rights of a child outside of the womb-including the right to live. Why do I believe that an unborn baby is a person? In the split second that sperm and egg unite to create a zygote,

genetic codes are formed. These codes dictate a person?s height, hair colour, eye colour, and even many personality traits. The blueprint for a human that will eventually be made up of over 64 trillion cells, all contained in a package no bigger than the point of a pin. Unborn babies are de-humanized by pro-choice activists. They use euphemisms to make the brutal dismemberment and killing of a human baby into ?termination of fetus.? Try to find a pro-choice pamphlet that uses the word baby or person to describe what is being ?removed.? The baby is often described as being merely tissue. Let?s examine the reality of saying that a fetus is not alive. Sex can be determined in a preborn 3-7 days after fertilization. (Dr Jerome Lejeune M.D.) The human heart beats at 21 days. (Dr.

William Liley, Foetologist) At 8 weeks a preborn is sensitive to touch and pain. (Human Development Resource Council Inc., 1996) Brain waves have been recorded in as early as 37 days. (Dr. William Liley, Foetologist) Fingerprints are detectable in preborns at 10 weeks. (Human Development Resource Council Inc., 1996) It has been found that fetal heart rate slows when the mother is speaking, suggesting that the fetus not only hears and recognizes the sound, but is calmed by it. (Psychology Today, Sept- Oct.,1998) Now, I?m not sure what your definition of life is. But to me, something with a beating heart, that can think, feel pain, and hear sounds like a living creature to me. A common issue brought up by the pro-choice movement is that abortion is a ?safe alternative? solution to

pregnancies that are a product of rape, incest, or those that may threated a mother?s life. However, these special circumstances account for under ?% of all abortions combined. As well if, as has already been concluded, and unborn baby is in fact a person, than it is murder. I can?t recall hearing people condoning murder under ?certain circumstances.? If a baby is the result of something awful happening, that doesn?t make it?s life any less valuable. I am not saying that it would be easy to carry the memory of something you?d rather forget around with you for 9 months. But why punish a tiny innocent baby for someone else?s mistake? As well, though they call it safe, the psychological effects of abortion are astounding. Though many pro-choice organisations will claim that abortion

has no psychological effect on women. This is simply not true. In fact, there are more than 375 studies dealing with the psychological impact of abortion on women. All show that at least a minority of women, typically between 10 and 20 percent, have one or more negative reactions shortly after an abortion. Studies looking at long-term reactions indicate that the longer after an abortion one looks, the more negative reactions will be reported. Each women?s trauma manifests itself in a different way. The most common effects are: feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, helplessness, grief and/or remorse; uncontrollable crying; feelings of anger, bitterness, and resentment; feelings of distrust and betrayal; lowered self-esteem; avoidance of babies, small children, or anything to do with